Winter Intensive 2024

Performance + Public Space

Winter Intensive is a three-session program designed to address public art topics in depth. This year, the program will explore various aspects of performance in public space. Each session will cover best practices for working with performance artists, particularly in activating public space, from three unique perspectives.

Each session will be held online via Zoom from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EST.

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Tess Dally

Tess Dally is a Pittsburgh-based physically integrated dancer who gracefully moves with and without her wheelchair. Her profound work draws inspiration from her lived experience with disability justice, advocating for marginalized communities, including BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, mental illness, elders, and those affected by violence and poverty.

With a background spanning thirty years in clinical social work, Dally combines her advocacy skills with the healing power of dance, movement, community, and intersectional justice. As a member of Attack Theatre and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council’s Disabled Artist Creative Cohort, Dally is dedicated to collaborative efforts focusing on intersectionality and art.

Join Tess as she shares insights from her site-based performances in Alaska, California, and Pennsylvania, often held outdoors due to the limitations of traditional studios. Learn about reactions and accommodations for disabled performers to foster inclusivity within the world of dance.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.


Meet taylor knight and anna thompson, co-founding artistic directors of slowdanger, a dynamic multidisciplinary performance entity based in Pittsburgh. Since 2013, they’ve seamlessly merged movement, technology, electronic instrumentation, and vocalization to craft profound performance experiences. slowdanger has been featured in Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” (2018) and shown at venues such as MoMA and The Kennedy Center.

Join their Winter Intensive session to learn about their process-based practice and the significance of performers activating public spaces. taylor and anna will share their tips and best practices for hosting and integrating performance artists, drawing from their wealth of collaborative expertise. Don’t miss this opportunity to glean wisdom from slowdanger’s experience at the forefront of multidisciplinary performance art.

Thursday, March 7, 2024

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Madame Christiane Dolores

Madame Christiane Dolores, a trailblazing cross-disciplinary Pittsburgh artist, invites you into her immersive world where sound, vision, text, and performance converge to confront societal ills.

As a Winter Intensive guest, Madame Dolores will address critical questions such as: guiding organizations on inviting performance artists, defining fair compensation, and planning performances in public space through her work. Explore Madame Dolores’ insights on seamlessly integrating performers into diverse programs and discover her vision for the ideal performance opportunity. Take advantage of this chance to learn from a visionary artist challenging norms and reshaping cultural dialogue.


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